FTCC hosts business startup training for military spouses

Military spouses who want to start a business can get free training that begins this week through Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Small Business Center.

The center has joined with the Brian Hamilton Foundation and the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce to provide MilSpouse Starter U, a free online training for military spouses interested in starting up a business, according to a statement released by the school.

The program is one of two free courses offered by FTCC for military-related residents this fall. A seven-week Vet-To-CEO course that started Sept. 3 covers key steps for business startups and highlights franchise opportunities available exclusively to veterans through the Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Loan Program, the statement said.

The StarterU program, which was developed by the foundation, will launch with a luncheon for military spouse class participants at FTCC on Thursday.

The training begins that day and ends Oct. 15.

Two military spouses — Cameron Cruse, co-founder and co-CEO of R. Riveter, and D’Shawn Russell, founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candles — will speak at the luncheon.

Military spouses who successfully complete the program will be eligible to pitch business ideas during a competition Nov. 7, according to the statement.

“I didn’t know what an entrepreneur was but the[n] when Mr. Hamilton came to West Wilkes Middle School it changed my perspective on business careers.”

Caleb Huffman Student West Wilkes Middle School

Being an instructor… allows me to empower aspiring entrepreneurs with the business tools that they need to be successful in our society.

Monica Russell Instructor Inmates to Entrepreneurs

We believe that entrepreneurship unlocks the door to economic opportunity in the United States.

Margaret Froneberger Chief Executive Officer Brian Hamilton Foundation

Having your own company is for everyone, not just those born into privilege.

Brian Hamilton Founder Brian Hamilton Foundation